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Broadband Talk At VTC Raises More Questions
By M. Dickie Drysdale
Editor and Publisher of the Herald of Randolph
RANDOLPH – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders led off his “broadband town meeting” Saturday morning at Vermont Technical College with a ringing affirmation of the need for better broadband coverage in Vermont and the nation.
However, nobody in the crowd of nearly 300 people needed to be convinced of that. What they wanted to know was whether a huge new federal grant to a private company was the right way to do it.
GUVSW Exec Steps Down To Save Staff
By Gareth Henderson
HARTLAND – Fred Moody has been at the helm of the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District for 16 years. But now, his own plans and the recession’s impact have prompted him to give up the district’s top job.
In an interview Monday, Moody said this would allow him to move on to the next chapter of his life, as well as allow the district to avoid staff cuts this year.
Barnard Ready For Re-Enactment Of Raid
By Gwen Stanley
BARNARD – The Barnard
Historical Society will sponsor a re-enactment marking the 230th anniversary of the Barnard Indian raid this weekend. The two-day event will be centered two miles north of Barnard’s general store, and action will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.The re-enactment of the 1780 event is a highly organized and much-anticipated highlight of the Historical Society’s year, said Cliff
Aikens, president of the society.
So Far, Parking Validation Works In Woodstock
By Gareth Henderson
Woodstock Village merchants are reporting fewer irate customers coming in with parking meter tickets in their hands. They point to a new parking validation system approved this year by Woodstock Village Trustees. Now, instead of a $5 fine right off the bat for overstaying your meter, motorists can validate their parking tickets at a participating local business. But take note: there are only two parking validations per person.
Pentangle Players Bring Back The Original ‘Sound Of Music’
By Alita Wilson
Special To The Standard
While our hills are alive with brilliant reds and yellows, familiar songs are sung within the walls of the Town Hall Theater as a cast prepares for the October production of The Sound of Music.
According to Pentangle’s Executive Director, Buzz Boswell, “the cast and crew have already been hard at work for weeks, especially the kids. Just as with the story itself,
their enthusiasm has spilled over and infected the rest of the production.”
Taking The Political High Road In the recent Vermont primary, all five Democratic candidates ran a clean campaign. Rather than spending time tearing one another down, they individually offered a number of specifi c ideas they felt would help Vermont solve current problems and grow prosperously into the future.
Why, then, can’t the general election for governor be similarly civil and objective so that voters can make an intelligent decision as to who is best to lead Vermont during these very trying times? It’s disappointing, at best, to note a considerable change.
Fall Sports Training Builds Strength, Endurance
By Cindy Parker
The Thompson Center
The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy underfoot, the leaf peepers are clogging the streets and it’s a natural time to get outdoors and get some exercise. And it’s a good time to look ahead to winter and get in shape for winter sports and activities.
Woodstock: Community Gardens Per Capita Record Holder?
By Christopher Bartlett
Special To The Standard
“We used to say that Burlington had more community gardens per capita than any place in the country,” said Jim Flint, executive director of Friends of Burlington Gardens (FBG). “But after visiting Woodstock, I think we may need to concede that claim.”
The Magic Of The Theatre Is Born Within Us
By Harriet Worrell, Art Darts
The theatre is a magical place. Whether in a small classroom, on the stage of Robinson Hall in Reading, the grander Pentangle boards in Woodstock, or in the multi-use rooms throughout Windsor Central Supervisory Union, theatre happens. Hand created colored murals of beaches, villages or sunsets can surround a space made three dimensional with shrubs, flowers and trees. Spatial interest can be created with simple steps and platforms. Glitter on a moon’s face, sheer pieces of hanging fabric dangling in the breeze and special lighting made with colored bulbs or twinkling fairy lights is enough to convince us that we are somewhere else.
OHF Creates Community Care Coordinator
At its September meeting of its board of trustees, the Ottauquechee Health Foundation approved a grant to Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center to create a Community Care Coordinator in the Foundation’s service area. The community care coordinator (CCC) helps individuals in the community navigate the complexities of the health care system and assists them in getting the care they need.
Spooky Woodstock Will Highlight Town’s Darker Side
By Cassie Horner
Special to the Standard
Woodstock may not look like a particularly scary place, but scratch lightly the surface of history, and behold: the burning of a vampire’s heart, sighting of assorted ghosts, a public hanging on the Green, and the robbing of graves by medical students.
In honor of the spirit of Halloween and the darker side of local history, the Woodstock History Center has cooked up Spooky Woodstock, a witches’ brew of events Saturday, October 30th, beginning at 6 p.m.
Attempted Robbery In Village
Woodstock Police are investigating an attempted robbery at Maplefields at about 3:38 a.m. on Sept. 20. This incident came 11 days after an unknown thief stole a few hundred dollars from a cash register at Maplefields at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 9. It’s unclear whether the same individual was responsible for these incidents.
From Chief Byron Kelly
Sept.25 8:01 a.m. Motor Vehicle complaint on Church Hill Road
Sept. 24 6:42 p.m. Officer retrieves forensic evidence for crime lab of possible assault
Sept. 23 5:15 p.m. Gas drive off reported at local establishment
Sept. 20 6:59 p.m. Responded to a complaint of an injured deer